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Evan Mills commented on Don Ames's blog post The Five Disadvantages of Solar Power Again
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Dec 11, 2013
Insulated Garage Door commented on Don Ames's blog post What's Wrong with This Garage Door Insulation?
"I would use ThermaDoor garage door insulation, Therma Door insulation is a construction grade EPS laminated with a vinyl finish. But I would have to agree with a lot you have written above. "
Nov 5, 2013
Jeena Smith commented on Don Ames's blog post High Efficiency Fireplace
"Hi Don, Thanks for discussing these above tips, and i do agree with all your suggestions.Let me tell you one fact, that in a recent survey on fireplaces it has been found that the efficiency of your fireplace is 70% depends on the quality of inserts…"
May 10, 2013
Bob Blanchette commented on Don Ames's blog post 10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning
"I like the ideas except for the solar attic fan. Sorry, they simply don't work as well as advertised. When I hear claims of 800CFM out of a 20Watt motor my BS detector goes off. Most of the airflow out of a solar fan is simply from hot air…"
Sep 2, 2012
Don Ames commented on Lester Shen's blog post $250 for a Thermostat?!
"Nice article with additional info about the Nest. I would love to try one, but not ready to fork over the $250. I think the direction we should go to establish energy efficiency in homes is to require Nest technology in new homes and then tie the…"
Aug 27, 2012
Don Ames's blog post was featured

10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning

Sleeping on the front porch after a hot summer day was a straight out necessity. The upstairs of the 1940’s farm house had turned into a sauna and sleeping in the upstairs bedrooms was not possible. Even after the sun went down, the upstairs seemed to get hotter. Let's look at some ways to cool a house without air conditioning?Now that I spend time trying to figure out how a home can be more energy efficient, I think back to those hot summer days and wonder two things:1. Where was the air…See More
Aug 23, 2012
Don Ames commented on Don Ames's blog post 10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning
"Mary,  thank you for the kind words and support of my article. I keep trying to find new ways to share with the "non-choir", but it's hard to get their attention and their email address. Got any ideas how this might be…"
Aug 23, 2012
Mary Beth Thakar commented on Don Ames's blog post 10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning
"Great ideas, Don. I think you should share your ideas with the non-choir! Thanks for your effort: good summation!"
Aug 23, 2012
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10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning

Sleeping on the front porch after a hot summer day was a straight out necessity. The upstairs of the 1940’s farm house had turned into a sauna and sleeping in the upstairs bedrooms was not possible. Even after the sun went down, the upstairs seemed to get hotter. Let's look at some ways to cool a house without air conditioning?Now that I spend time trying to figure out how a home can be more energy efficient, I think back to those hot summer days and wonder two things:1. Where was the air…See More
Aug 22, 2012
Kevin Strong commented on Don Ames's blog post Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?
"Don, thanks for picking up on my comments on your previous post.  As a follow up, I've included a couple of screenshots of my own utility data.  To access this I need to login to my Southern California Edison account.  These…"
Aug 15, 2012
Don Ames's blog post was featured

Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?

When I think about real time power usage data, I am thinking about data that is being made available that very second. Data that is being reported in real time is like watching a football game live. You know that the running back just added 10 yards on to his total because you just saw the run on the T.V. That's real time.It is being reported that the Green Button program being offered by many power companies allows customers with a Smart Meter to see their power usage in real time, like a live…See More
Aug 14, 2012
Dennis Cheslik commented on Don Ames's blog post Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?
"Don, great post and dead on the issue. Can we trust smart meter monitoring? Here in Texas, Austin Energy has a project in the works studying smart grid meters and smart thermostats. They should be letting the cat out of the bag soon on how to track…"
Aug 14, 2012
Bob Blanchette commented on Don Ames's blog post Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?
"In home displays that can talk to the meter directly are the most feasible way to get real time data on energy use. Zigbee to to Ethernet adapters could be used to convert the data to be used by a home PC. On our grid we're behind about 1hr and…"
Aug 13, 2012
tedkidd commented on Don Ames's blog post Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?
"Can you imagine the amount of data required?  The server space?  The savings could never justify cost of electricity and infrastructure to run that.  Eventually technology will provide an answer, but in the meantime isn't this…"
Aug 13, 2012
tedkidd commented on Don Ames's blog post Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?
"Can you imagine the amount of data required?  The server space?  The savings could never justify cost of electricity and infrastructure to run that.  Eventually technology will provide an answer, but in the meantime isn't this…"
Aug 13, 2012
Jason Green commented on Don Ames's blog post Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?
"I think it would be ok to have day-old data, as long as it provided stats for specific dates/times. I'd be fine with average usage by minute or even 5-minute intervals. You know when the football game was on yesterday, so you could match the…"
Aug 13, 2012

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10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning

Sleeping on the front porch after a hot summer day was a straight out necessity. The upstairs of the 1940’s farm house had turned into a sauna and sleeping in the upstairs bedrooms was not possible. Even after the sun went down, the upstairs seemed to get hotter. Let's look at some ways to cool a house without air conditioning?

Now that I spend time trying to figure out how a home can be more energy efficient, I think back to those hot summer days and wonder two…

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Posted on August 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Will the Green Button Report Real Time Power Usage?

When I think about real time power usage data, I am thinking about data that is being made available that very second. Data that is being reported in real time is like watching a football game live. You know that the running back just added 10 yards on to his total because you just saw the run on the T.V. That's real time.

It is being reported that the Green Button program being offered by many power companies allows customers with a Smart Meter to see their power usage in real time,…

Continue

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Pushing This Green Button Will Lower Your Power Bill

Let's take a closer look at the Green Button and see if it is more than just an adult toy. According to Obama and other government supporters, the Green button is going viral. Ya, right, I don't believe it.

There has been several efforts in previous years to get power companies to "sign on" to programs that allow electric and gas customers to see how much energy they are using right there and then. The theory is that households that have energy usage data readily available will use…

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Posted on August 2, 2012 at 8:06pm — 12 Comments

4 Mini-Splits and Heat Pump Efficiency, Will It Work?

Yes, I drive tractors too. Along with the home energy audit work, I’m a farmer at heart. I received a call from a gentlemen that needs some help backfilling and leveling out the dirt around the foundation of his homes new addition.

Now that the ground is dry enough, I load up my 24 horsepower Kabota tractor with bucket, attach the tiller and head over to his place. I find an old original house that was constructed shortly after the wagon trains arrived. Attached to the side is the new…

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Posted on July 22, 2012 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

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At 2:11pm on February 28, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Don,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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